The transition from elementary to middle school is an important moment in every adolescent’s life. This is an opportunity for you and your child to come together to determine what middle school experience is right for your family and how you can plan together for the big changes ahead.
Special Education Services in Middle School
Students with disabilities participate in the same admissions process as their non-disabled peers. However, if your child attends a District 75 program and will continue in a District 75 program for middle school, your child is not required to participate in the middle school admissions process. Talk with your child's IEP team to determine whether the recommendation for District 75 in middle school is still appropriate.
The daily structure of middle school is often different from that of elementary school. Work with your child's IEP team to consider the kinds of supports and services your child will need in this new environment. Some things you may want to discuss are:
Visit the middle school admissions page for more information.
Roadmap: Transition to High School
Although it may seems like it is too early to start thinking about high school, 6th grade is actually the perfect time!
The roadmap is designed to help middle school students and their families plan for high school and the high school admissions process. Thinking about high school beginning in the 6th grade gives middle school students the opportunity to explore different options so that they can fulfill their goals for high school, college, and their future careers.
Middle school guidance counselors and IEP teams can help students and families determine which high school programs to apply to.